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Old 05-21-2018, 09:54 PM   #21
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Is this about how far your hood lacks from latching or sitting flush?



It looks like that mechanism has moved some (as seen by the relatively clean painted surface).

This bottom bolt just looks like it is connected to messed up sheet metal.



I'll try to remember to get pictures when I get home (in the car, right now) unless someone can beat me to it.
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:02 PM   #22
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Is this about how far your hood lacks from latching or sitting flush?



It looks like that mechanism has moved some (as seen by the relatively clean painted surface).

This bottom bolt just looks like it is connected to messed up sheet metal.



I'll try to remember to get pictures when I get home (in the car, right now) unless someone can beat me to it.
if I raise the mechanism up as high as it will go the hood us off at the fenders and won’t latch.
If I lower the mechanism to its lowest point the hood is even with the fenders and still won’t latch.
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So I am trying to do a better job at bringing my post to conclusions. So here’s the next installment on what I found out about my hood.
In looking at the hoods there is no difference in the hook to engage the primary latch. It does appear that the center bolt that holds the latch is pretty messed up. When I bought the truck the grill was cracked and to the right of the AC condenser where the radiator support meets the condenser it was pushed in. Also some dings and dents on the hood which was one of the reasons I was changing the hood out. In looking at this my conclusion is that when the truck got hit the radiator support got pushed back and also caused the hood to be off.
So it allows the old hood to still fit because it all got shifted but does not allow the new hood to fit. What do you all think ? How do I determine when the radiator support is square with the rails? Could I just pull it back to square? Or do I just need to install a new rad support and latch?
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Old 06-03-2018, 11:12 PM   #24
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Tie a ratchet strap to the radiator support and to a tree. Use the ratchet strap to pull the support out until you can get the hood to latch.
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I've done that ratchet strap trick with a push bar on another vehicle. It works.

@TropicalCats - it sounds to me like the truck was in a front end collision at some point. The front was repaired, and the hood you had was shaped to fit how the front end was fixed. That's my guess.
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Tie a ratchet strap to the radiator support and to a tree. Use the ratchet strap to pull the support out until you can get the hood to latch.
Perfect I will give it a try
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